The Dunbar Kitchen


Amanda Cooper, a graduate of The Southern Institute School of Interior Design (same program I graduated from!) and principal designer of Terra Interiors, redesigned this dark and crowed kitchen a few months ago. I followed her updates on Facebook and I was super excited to see the final reveal. I asked Amanda if I could share her work on my blog and she didn’t hesitate. But before I let you see it, you have to check out the before…




Here’s a short bio about the project:

The Dunbar Kitchen was a project we started back in February 2014. The home is a 70s rambler that was updated a few times by the current owner, but their kitchen was the one room they never got around to. The Dunbars are a super sweet family; the wife, Jennifer, is the former owner of a local Pilates studio who loves organic Paleo cooking (she raises her own chickens in the backyard!) and was in need of a more efficient and open kitchen in which to cook and enjoy time with family. The original kitchen was extremely cramped and dark with only a small island for prep and no usable storage and the dining room was sectioned off creating a hard to use work area. The design plan was to create an open floor plan that allowed unobstructed views of the family room, dining room and kitchen. In order to maximize efficiency and establish a more airy and organic atmosphere we opted to use floating shelves rather than box in the room with upper cabinets. By opening up the wall between the kitchen and dining room it added a ton of natural light to the space allowing the family to maximize their views of their property.








In terms of finishes, we went with muted white cabinetry as well as marble countertops and the island is a contrasting smoke gray stain with visible grain. To create more texture in this neutral kitchen we used Waterworks Grove Brickworks as the backsplash and Lewis Dolan’s bar pulls to tie in to the Wolf stainless steel appliances as well as using raw wood floating shelves from Restoration Hardware. The pendant lights and sconce are seeded glass fixtures from West Elm. The bar stools are custom made by a local craftsman.

It doesn’t even look like the same space, does it? I love the transformation of this kitchen/dining room. I’m a sucker for a white kitchen anyways, but this takes the cake. It has urban, rustic elegance that is coveting. I would love to cook and entertain in this space, wouldn’t you? I think the floating shelves are my favorite piece. I doubt I would ever be able to keep it as neat and tidy as we see here, but I love the simplistic nature of glass canisters and white ceramic dishes. I give this space a two thumbs up.

The Dunbar kitchen received the Alabama Remodeling Excellence Award (AREA Awards) First Place for Kitchens $40,000-$80,000 as well as recognition for the Area Award Best in Show Finalists.

If you loved this kitchen as much as I did, make sure you ‘like’ Terra Interiors on Facebook. Also, check out these guys: cabinetry and photography by Counter Dimensions and remodel work by SouthFace Renovations.

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